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Chicken and Dumplings plus Homemade Baking Mix

It finally feels like Autumn in my neck of the woods, and I am craving comfort foods. Comfort foods like Chicken and Dumplings. This hearty one dish meal cooks up in about 30 minutes with basic ingredients you probably have in the kitchen.

Ma’am’s original recipe uses canned chicken, which I never have in the house. I usually just chop up some chicken breasts or thighs and pre-cook them before continuing with the preparation. Or you could use leftover cooked chicken or turkey. Of course I also use my homemade chicken stock instead of canned, but that is just my personal preference.

Since I couldn’t find the recipe on the site for the Homemade Baking Mix I use for the dumplings, I decided you get two recipes for the price of one today. Lucky you! The baking mix is a copycat recipe that can be directly substituted for any recipe calling for Bisquick or “all-purpose” baking mix. Besides dumplings, I use it for biscuits, pancakes, waffles, cobblers, sausage balls, etc. If you don’t have, or don’t want to use, shortening, you can substitute Canola or Vegetable oil. I would not use olive oil (taste), margarine or butter (possibility of spoilage).

Chick ‘n’ Dumplin’s

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Meal type Meat Dishes, Poultry
A hearty one dish meal for cold days of chicken and biscuits in gravy that can be made in about 30 minutes.


  • 2 cans chunk white chicken in water, with liquid (12 1/2 ounce)
  • 2 cans fat free, low sodium chicken broth (14 1/2 ounce)
  • 1 Medium onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups biscuit mix (recipe follows or Bisquick)
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • Paprika to taste


Boneless skinless chicken (breast or thigh meat) can be used in place of the canned chicken. Chop raw meat into 1/2 inch cubes and sauté in skillet with a tablespoon of oil until cooked before continuing with the recipe. Add an extra cup of water or broth.

Chopped fresh or frozen vegetables (such as carrots, peas or green beans) can be added to make it a complete meal.


In a 10 inch (bottom dimension) by 3 inch (minimum height of sides) cast iron skillet or Dutch oven, place chicken, broth, onion, celery, herbs and pepper in pan. Bring to a boil and simmer covered 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally, until broth begins to thicken. Adjust the seasonings. Do not over cook.
Combine baking mix and milk and drop by teaspoonful on top of the chicken mixture the final 10 minutes of cooking.
Sprinkle paprika lightly over all before serving.


Homemade Baking Mix

Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Homemade baking mix that can be used to make biscuits, pancakes, dumplings, etc. (Bisquick clone)


  • 10 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 2 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon salt


Use as a direct substitute for Bisquick or all-purpose baking mix. I store mine in a zip to lock bag in the freezer.


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Store in air tight container. I usually keep mine in a zip to lock bag in the refrigerator or freezer


Until next time, happy eating.

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